What to expect at a Fertility Clinic, Part 1 – Tests & Screening

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If you and your partner decide to attend a Fertility Clinic as part of your efforts to conceive, you will probably have many questions about the pathway ahead.

In the following series of articles, we at Pillar Healthcare will tell you what you can expect. We begin with what will be the first step at the clinic – a series of tests and screenings for both the female and male partner.

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The role of the placenta during pregnancy

The role of the placenta during pregnancy

The placenta and its health are vital to the health of a woman’s pregnancy and foetal development. This organ provides oxygen, nutrients during pregnancy, and filters foetal waste.

It also plays an important role in hormone production and it protects the foetus from bacteria and infections. The blood-rich placenta is joined to the uterine wall and connects to the baby by way of the umbilical cord. Most often, the placenta attaches itself to the top or side of the uterine wall. At times, however, it may grow or attach to the uterus in a way that can cause health problems.

Risk factors for placental disorders

Many factors influence the health of the placenta, including:

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Six simple ways to improve fertility levels

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Both men and women have several ways to improve fertility levels if trying for a baby. A daily nutritional supplement such as pre-Conceive will bring enormous benefits, as shown in Europe’s first-ever clinical study into the effect of a nutritional supplement on both male and female fertility. However, there are many other simple changes that can also improve fertility levels, and here we detail six of them:

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Worldwide fertility rates continue to decline

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The provisional fertility rates numbers for Q3 of 2016 are in—and the news isn’t good. General fertility has fallen again, with younger age brackets showing the steepest declines.

While some demographers are convinced that birth rates will rebound when ‘millennials’ grow older, this risk-averse generation may continue to dash fertility expectations. Other demographic indicators (namely Hispanic and immigrant birth rates) also point to lower U.S. fertility. All told, it looks like the expected baby bump has been bumped—again.

The overall birth rate is gradually falling because the percentage drop in birth rates under age 30 is larger than the percentage rise in birth rates over age 30. Keep in mind that under-30 age brackets have always accounted for the most births, though the margin has been shrinking over time.

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